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Human Resources Specialist (Emp Rel/Lab Rel) - SBU - Atlanta, GA #7667694

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs

Date: 10/17/2020

City: Atlanta, GA

Employment type: Full-time

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The VHA has adopted the HR Modernization and Shared Services Implementation, which is a new model of organizing and consolidating essential HR functions and services to the Network level. This improvement to HR service delivery will best support the needs of the VISN's diverse workforce and the expectations of management related to the acquisition, compensation, retention, and performance of staff.

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These positions are located within the VISN 7 Strategic Business Unit (SBU) for Recruitment and Placement. These are on-site facility support positions.

As a HR Specialist (SBU) for employee/labor relations, you will be responsible for providing quality customer and consultative service and expert technical advice and assistance to management officials related to employee and labor relations programs. The duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Applying advanced HR principles, concepts, and practices related to all aspects of employee and labor relations programs.
  • Researching and interpreting legal and regulatory program guidance to include case law, United States Code, Code of Federal Regulations, and VA Handbooks and Directives; providing technical guidance, information, and assistance to management and senior leadership officials on sensitive, serious, and controversial employee relations issues regarding employees in a wide variety of occupations with substantial differences in working conditions, entitlement, and occupational practices and policies.
  • Administrating performance management systems which include employees covered executive and non-execute career field systems.
  • Presenting briefings and/or training sessions to management pertaining to Labor/Management Employee Relation Topics (e.g. performance appraisals, disciplinary actions).
  • Writing responses to grievances, unfair labor practice charges, contract interpretations or contract bargaining proposals on behalf of management; and conducting fact findings or types of inquiries.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, hours negotiable (subject to change based on agency needs).

Compressed/Flexible: Not available.

Telework: May be available to a highly qualified applicant.

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Human Resources Specialist (Emp Rel/Lab Rel) - SBU/PD99976A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0201 Human Resources Management

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/26/2020.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

Selective Placement Factor - Do you possess extensive experience in at least 5 of the following ER/LR roles or program areas: (1) drafting charges and writing disciplinary and adverse action proposal and decision letters;(2) advising management on complex labor and employee relation issues; (3) labor contract administration; (4) labor negotiations; (5) analyzing grievances (utilizing both administrative and negotiated processes) and ULPs; applying policies, regulations, laws, labor union contract provisions, and case law as applicable to draft management responses; (6) technical advisor for Administrative Investigative Boards (AIB) and/or Title 38 Disciplinary Appeals Boards (DAB); (7) Reasonable Accommodation Program Coordinator; (8) Agency Representative and/or technical advisor for MSPB, EEO, FLRA or other 3rd party proceedings; (9) Drug Free Work Place Program Coordinator; (10)Suitability Adjudicator; (11)Telework Coordinator and/or Leave program administration.

You may qualify based on your experience as described below:

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Performing a wide variety of employee and labor relations issues that include: disciplinary and adverse actions, performance-based actions, bargaining unit status determinations, basic employee rights/privileges, principles of labor management, status of laws and regulatory requirements, grievances, appeals, union issues, medical determinations, employee management issues, complex leave administration issues, hours of work, overtime and compensatory time. Participates in arbitration, Merit System Protection Board hearings, Federal Labor Management Employee Relations Authority investigators and any other third party disputes.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Employee Relations
  • Labor Relations
  • Technical Competence

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: No special physical exertion is required. The work is primarily performed while sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings, etc., and occasional visits to activity work sites. Though some work may require periods of standing.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

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